Bank robbery suspect drives into officer's trap


A county police officer's patience and quick thinking paid off yesterday when he nabbed a suspect in the robbery of a Deale savings and loan shortly after the holdup.

About 10:30 a.m., Officer Stephen M. Torbeck of the Western District heard a lookout for a bank robber broadcast over his police radio. The robber, described as a white man driving a dark red Pontiac Firebird, had just made off with $100 from the Maryland Federal Savings and Loan in the 5800 block of Deale-Churchton Road and was last seen heading north on Davidsonville Road, toward Officer Torbeck's patrol area.

Officer Torbeck pulled into a park-and-ride lot near U.S. Route 50 just outside of Crofton and waited to stop all cars that matched the description of the robber's, police said.

After a few minutes, the officer saw a dark red Firebird driven by a man who fit the description of the robber on Davidsonville Road, the police report said. Officer Torbeck began following the car, then stopped it and arrested Kenneth William Edwards, 24, of North Beach in Calvert County.

Police said a picture taken by a surveillance camera showed a man of Mr. Edwards' description walking into the savings and loan and handing a teller a note demanding all of the $100 bills.

The teller only had one $100 bill and handed it to the man before sounding the alarm, police said. A bank employee identified Mr. Edwards, of the 3900 block of 7th Street, as the holdup man, police said.

Mr. Edwards was turned over to FBI officials, who charged him with robbing the Tri-County Federal Savings Bank Oct. 15 and with the Oct. 18 robbery of Suburban Savings Bank in Crofton. Charges in yesterday's holdup are pending, authorities said.

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